Genshin Impact: Xingqiu Best Build, Team, and More!

A deep dive into Xingqui's kit and how to play him effectively.

With the next banner staring Childe and Diona, called Farewell of Snezhnaya, you might have already dropped them! Though in the last Banner for Klee, you might have gotten a powerful Hydro user called Xingqui! Now Xingqiu might look bookish; however, he's been studying the blade, and he's not afraid to flow into the thick of the fighting. Although he is more of a supporting character, so you parter him up correctly, he'll really supplement your team! Here's a guide on how to use Xingqiu in the best way!

Playstyle

Xingqiu is best played as a support character, do not expect him to deal the most damage out of your entire party; if he is the damage dealer, then there is something amiss. Though when he is paired with the right combo, he can increase team effectiveness through the roof. Imagine Xingqiu has a Whetstone for sharpening blades. A blade without sharpening will get dull swiftly. If you take care of the blade with a Whetstone, the blade will shine and slice anything in its path. The Whetstone supports the blade; without it, it's not as effective!

Oddly enough, Xingqiu's abilities scale of his ATK even though he is a supporting role, this means that he can still deal heavy damage if he is built correctly. Also, Hydro isn't an element to cause massive damage; it's more so an element to cause the Hydro effect, which leaves enemies vulnerable to other element effects.

Xingqiu's Skills

Guhua Style

  • Normal Attack 
    • Perform up to five consecutive strikes.
  • Charged Attack
    • Consumes Stamina to unleash two rapid sword strikes.
  • Plunging Attack 
    • Plunges from mid-air, damaging enemies along the path and dealing AOE DMG upon impact.
  • Elemental Skill - Fatal Rainscreen
    • Xingqiu performs twin strikes with his sword, dealing Hydro DMG. Simultaneously, his ability creates the maximum number of Rain Swords, which will orbit your active character.
      • When a character takes DMG, the Rain Sword will shatter, reducing the amount of DMG taken.
      • Increases the character's resistance to interruption.
        • 20% of Xingqui's Hydro DMG Bonus will be converted to additional DMG Reduction for the Rain Swords.
        • The maximum amount of additional DMG Reduction that can be gained this way is 24%.
        • The initial maximum number of Rain Swords is 3.
        • Using this ability applies the Wet status onto the character.
  • Elemental Burst - Raincutter
    • Initiate Rainbow Bladework and fight using an illusory sword rain while creating the maximum number of Rain Swords.
        • Normal Attacks will trigger consecutive sword rain attacks, dealing Hydro DMG.
        • Rain Swords will remain at the maximum number throughout the ability's duration.
          • These effects carry over to other characters.

Passives

  • Hydropathic - Unlocked at Ascension 1
    • When a Rain Sword is shattered or when its duration expires, it regenerates the current character's HP based on 6% of Xingqiu's Max HP.
  • Blades Amidst Raindrops - Unlocked at Ascension 4
    • Xingqiu gains a 20% Hydro DMG Bonus.
  • Flash of Genius - Unlocked on acquiring the character.
    • When Xingqiu crafts Character Talent Materials, he has a 25% chance to refund a portion of the crafting materials used.

Constellation

  • The Scent Remained - Constellation Level 1
    • Increases the maximum number of Rain Swords by 1.
  • Rainbow Upon the Azure Sky - Constellation Level 2
    • Extends the duration of Guhua Sword - Raincutter by 3s.
    • Decreases the Hydro RES of enemies hit by sword rain attacks by 15% for 4s.
  • Weaver of Verses - Constellation Level 3
    • Increases the Level of Guhua Sword - Raincutter by 3.
    • The maximum upgrade level is 15.
  • Evilsoother - Constellation Level 4
    • Throughout the duration of Guhua Sword: Raincutter, the DMG dealt by Guhua Sword: Fatal Rainscreen is increased by 50%.
  • Embrace of Rain - Constellation Level 5
    • Increase the Level of Guhua Sword - Fatal Rainscreen by 3.
    • The maximum upgrade level is 15.
  • Hence, Call Them My Own Verses - Constellation Level 6
    • Activating 2 of Guhua Sword - Raincutter's sword rain attacks greatly increases the DMG of the third.
    • Xingqiu regenerates 3 Energy when sword rain attacks hit enemies.

Best Build for Xingqui

As Xingqui is a perfect source of causing Hydro Elemental Reactions, this causes enemies a much-needed damage reduction, especially when they are higher leveled enemies. Even more so, if you upgrade his constellation levels, even only unlocking his Rainbow Upon the Azure Sky constellation level l2, he becomes massively powerful when paired with another Hydro DPS character.

The Weapon of choice for Xingqui is the Skyward Blade. This is a 5-Star weapon; an amazing 3-Star weapon you can get much earlier is the Fillet Blade. Another alternative is the Favonius Sword that is a 4 -Star weapon.

  • Skyward Blade - 5 Star
    • CRIT Rate increased by 4%. Gains Skypiercing Might upon using an Elemental Burst:
      Increases Movement SPD by 10%, increases ATK SPD by 10% and increases the DMG of Normal and Charged Attack hits by 20% for 12s.
  • Fillet blade - 3 Star
    • On a hit, has a 50% chance to deal 240% ATK DMG to a single enemy.
    • It can only occur once every 15s.
  • Favonius Sword - 4 Star
    • CRIT hits have a 60/70/80/90/100% chance to generate 1 Elemental Orb, which will regenerate 6 Energy for the character. It can only occur once every 12/10.5/9/7.5/6s.

The best Artifact Set for Xingqui is the Noblesse Oblige, as it;'s perfect for Energy Recharge, increasing Hydro Damage and Attack percentage.

  • Noblesse Oblige
    • Two pieces of this set you get:
      • Elemental Burst damage +20%
    • Four pieces of this set you get:
      • Using an Elemental Burst increase all party members' ATK by 20% for 12s. This effect cannot stack.

Ascension

For anything to do with Ascension Levels and how to acquire the materials for them, check out our farming guide for Xingqui!

Best Team for Xingqui

As we said above, Xingqui is an excellent supporting DPS character, and when partnered up with another Hydro DPS character such as Mona, his true power unfolds. Furthermore, when having a leading helmsman such as Pyro user Dilic on the team, they can utilize more elemental reactions and cause massive damage. The last piece of the team is Bennett, another Pyro user, as having double Pyro users increases your team's overall damage!

If you do not have Diluc, you can change him for Klee, is a phenomenal damage dealer. If you do not have Bennett, you can swap out this gentleman for cooking mad Pyro Xiangling. The fire Pyro users are essential to unleashing this team's true potential!

Yes, having another Hydro user is perfect for Xingqui however, if you do not have Mona, you can use either Fischl or Venti. This overall will give the team more Elemental Reactions for the team to use! Which is never a bad thing!

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